Unless treating a medical emergency, surgical treatment for sciatica is typically elective. Surgery may be advocated in the treatment of sciatica when nonsurgical treatments have failed to provide relief or the neurological symptoms continue to progress.
Pain from degenerative disc disease can be debilitating, but you have options. Exercise, over-the-counter pain medications, lifestyle changes, and surgery are all valid ways to control degenerative disc disease pain.
An organized and detailed checklist of items that will help you during your recovery period after a spinal surgery can be of great help. If you have a scheduled surgery, read on to learn more about these items and keep this checklist handy.